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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Cole's agent charged over meeting
Jonathan Barnett and Ashley Cole
Barnett has been charged after Cole's meeting with Chelsea
The Football Association has charged Ashley Cole's agent Jonathan Barnett with a breach of rules.

The charge relates to Barnett allegedly attending a meeting involving Arsenal star Cole, 25, and Chelsea officials at a London hotel on 27 January 2005.

The Premier League has already punished Cole, Chelsea and boss Jose Mourinho.

The charge alleges Barnett brought about a breach of Premier League rules by Cole relating to "illegal approaches to clubs by players under contract."

Barnett has also been charged with a breach of the Fifa Players' Agents Code of Conduct, which require agents to respect the rights of third parties - in this case Arsenal.

He has until 20 April to respond to the charge.

Cole was fined 75,000 by the Premier League - while Chelsea boss Mourinho also was fined 75,000 in the dispute and the club 300,000 by the Premier League in August, of which neither appealed.

The Premier League had no powers to punish Barnett in the so-called "tapping up" affair.


SEE ALSO
Chelsea will not fight Cole fine
15 Jun 05 |  Chelsea
FA will continue agent inquiries
06 Jun 05 |  Premiership
Cole tapping-up evidence revealed
04 Jun 05 |  Premiership


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